Hour of Power #8

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Philadelphia, PA – 6.4.2017

Championship Rundown
Grand Champion: Juan Francisco de Coronado
Campeones de Parejas: Sonny Defarge & Cornelius Crummels
Young Lions Cup Champion: Wani

Commentary is provided by Mike Quackenbush and Scott Holladay.

Jessica Troy vs. Kobald {LOR}

Troy tears on Kobald’s wrist and fingers after taking him to the mat. She drives her knees into him for two. Troy ducks Kobald’s clothesline and takes him over with a step-up Frankensteiner. He comes off the middle rope with a double wrist clutch drag. She snapmares Kobald into a low dropkick for two. Troy cascades onto Kobald’s shoulders, but Kobald stops her with a sit-out powerbomb. Kobald sends her face first into the middle turnbuckle and delivers a pair of dropkicks. He gets a two count with a bridging belly-to-back suplex. He slams her face first into the mat for another two count. Kobald picks up more speed like his hero Oleg, but Troy stops his corner splash with an upturned boot. She comes out of the corner with a swinging headscissors. She cascades up Kobald into a Yoshi Tonic for two. Kobald catches Troy coming off the middle rope and swings her into a slam. A leaping elbow drop gets him the pin at 5:20. Troy had an excellent showing with her relentless, exciting offense. Kobald defeating her was certain, but this match raised my overall interest in seeing Troy again. **

In the interview area with Scott Holladay, Kobald chants Oleg’s name. He shares a drawing with Scott, claiming it’s a photograph, getting offended with Scott claims otherwise. He says he is indebted to Oleg and will always be there for him.

Razerhawk {X2K} vs. Sonny Defarge

Razerhawk claims Defarge has cooties, which the younger fans reinforce with their chants. He trips Defarge and holds onto his toe and ankle. Defarge rubs his gross hand into Razerhawk’s face to escape and puts on a hammerlock. Razerhawk takes him down with a flying mare and a casadora bulldog. He headscissors Defarge to the corner and comes off the middle rope with a somersault senton. Defarge creates some space with Razerhawk, then catches him coming off the ropes with a backbreaker. He slams Razerhawk once, but Razerhawk is able to escape the second. Defarge catches Razerhawk on the rebound of his back handspring, swinging him out into a full nelson slam for two. He sends Razerhawk back first into the ropes before giving Razerhawk a diving uppercut to the shoulder blades. Razerhawk ducks a pair of clothesline before taking down Defarge with one of his own. Defarge blocks a casadora bulldog with a belly-to-back suplex for two. Defarge pie faces Razerhawk, but Razerhawk grabs the arm in an attempt to get a triangle choke applied. Although defarge muscles him up, Razerhawk is able to counter into another casadora bulldog for two. Razerhawk climbs the ropes. Defarge cuts him off and brings him down with another backbreaker. He spikes Razerhawk skull first into the mat with “The Worst of Times” for the pin at 7:34. Razerhawk’s speed was no match for Defarge’s relentless back attack, and his Worst of Times finisher is a good compliment to Crummels’ curb stomp singles finisher. These two put together a nice, simple story, and it’s a match they can borrow from if these two teams meet in a tag title contest, as is likely. **¾

Mick Moretti vs. Race Jaxon

Jaxon instructs Moretti to stay away from his handheld mirror. When Moretti approaches, Jaxon nails him with a pump kick in the side of the head. Moretti grabs Jaxon by the nose when Jaxon is caught checking himself out. Jaxon is angered and hurt by his face being messed with. Moretti trips him into a basement dropkick to the cheek. Although Jaxon sends Moretti to the apron, Moretti knocks him down with a clothesline and lands a slingshot senton for two. Jaxon slides off of Moretti’s shoulders and rakes him in the eyes. After several punches to the face, Jaxon hits a low dropkick for two. He cracks Moretti with a knee strike in the corner. Moretti drops Jaxon face first onto the top turnbuckle. Jaxon comes right back with a leg lariat for two. Jaxon chokes Moretti with his wrist tape, hiding it in a chinlock. Moretti uses a jawbreaker to escape. He grabs Jaxon’s mirror and holds it up, distracting Jaxon in his own reflection. Moretti yanks the mirror away and nails Jaxon with a series of strikes ending with a knee lift. Moretti evades a corner attack. He goes up and over, German suplexing Jaxon across the ring and booting him in the face. Moretti goes to the top rope. Jaxon kicks Bryce to the ropes, tripping Moretti. Jaxon throws him off the top and to the mat. Just then, the same Hype Rockwell video from “The Eleventh Hour” plays, catching Jaxon off guard. This distraction allows Moretti to catch Jaxon with a small package for the pin at 6:58. The weak ending took away from an otherwise great match. Moretti is super fluid in his movements and was a great opponent to match up against Jaxon. I would love to see Moretti get a brief Young Lions Cup run or a Grand Championship opportunity before his time in the U.S. is up. **¾

Mick Moretti tells Scott Holladay that he will make the CHIKARMY notice him.

Solo Darling & Travis Huckabee vs. Hermit Crab & Cajun Crawdad

An energetic Darling is caught in a waistlock by Crawdad. She muscles her way free, so Crawdad grabs a wristlock. She rolls down and kicks Crawdad in the side of the head. She brings down Crawdad, lacing his legs and hooking her own leg under Crawdad’s arm. Crawdad uses his free arm and digs his claw into Darling’s abdomen. Darling headbutts him away, and both Huckabee and Crab tag in. Crab digs his pincers into Huckabee’s clavicle. Huckabee rolls back to kick Crab away. He heel trips Crab and mares him into stretch. From there he tries a modified Mouse Trap pin. When Crab kicks out, he Kiwi rolls Crab for two. Huckabee stops Crab’s pinch with a courting hold. Crawdad enters and strikes Huckabee in the stomach. Huckabee blocks their double boots and sends Crawdad’s foot into Crab’s face. The Rumblebees send the Crustaceans off the apron with double hip attacks. Crab trips Huckabee to the floor. In the ring, Darling headbutts Crawdad in the chest. Crawdad catches her back kick and yanks her off the middle rope, causing her to crash into the canvas. Crawdad hits a Superman Claw and spear for two. Crab pulls Huckabee off the apron so he and Crawdad can isolate Darling in the corner. Huckabee has enough and enters himself into the ring. Crawdad notices and charges. Huckabee sends him to the floor. Huckabee hooks Crab in a Gory Special, and Darling bulldogs Crab from out of that position. Darling covers Crab as Huckabee intercepts Crawdad, but Crab is able to kick out on his own. Crawdad weaves Huckabee into a boot to the face. He gives Darling another claw strike. Huckabee sends a charging Crawdad into a spear from Darling. Huckabee butterfly suplexes Crab for the pin at 9:09. Both teams looked good, with Darling incorporating some more grounded offense, and Huckabee showing some nice transitions on the mat. Crab and Crawdad continue to grow as a force too. This should’ve ended with the bulldog out of the Gory Special, as it was quite impactful and good a great reaction, but that’s more of preference than a complaint. **½

Scott Holladay tells Sonny Defarge and Cornelius Crummels that they had an impressive showing at “Aniversario: School Reunion.” Defarge says they’ve run through the entire tag division, and now they have to run through them again. The Rumblebees like to pretend they’re relevant, he has no idea why Los Ice Creams are still around, but it occurs to them that the disease carrying birds the Xyberhawx have two points. He beat Razerhawk already, Sylverhawk will fail to capture the Young Lions Cup tonight, and he and Crummels will stay atop of the tag team division.

Young Lions Cup
Wani vs. Sylverhawk {X2K}

Wani has been champion since 4.1.2017 and this is his first defense. The two competitors aggressively take each other to the mat looking for control. Neither gets it, and Wani knees Sylverhawk in the stomach back on their feet. Sylverhawk meets Wani with a back elbow in the corner and brings him down with an armdrag, keeping the arm locked upon landing. Wani reverses into a wristlock. Sylverhawk breaks free and trips Wani. A Lucha exchange ends with Sylverhawk coming off the middle rope with a casadora armdrag and dropkick, sending Wani outside. The two men trade chops ringside. Sylverhawk misses two chops, hitting his hand on the ring post. Wani kicks Sylverhawk from the apron and stomps on Sylverhawk’s injured hand. He lands a double axe handle to the floor. In the ring Wani gets two with a knee drop. Wani does more damage to the hand before whipping Sylverhawk to the corner. He shoves Sylverhawk’s fingers into the metal turnbuckle and kicks the hand while it’s trapped. Sylverhawk whips Wani chest first into the corner and brings him out with a German suplex for two. Wani legdrops the arm. Sylverhawk tries striking Wani away, but Wani throws him back to the floor. He once again stuffs Sylverhawk’s hand into the buckle. However, Sylverhawk escapes as Wani goes to attack, and his knee collides with the metal. Sylverhawk sweeps out his leg. In the ring, he kicks at the back of Wani’s injured knee thrice, forcing Wani to take solace on the floor. Sylverhawk follows with back-to-back suicide dives. In the ring, Sylverhawk lands a dropkick from the top turnbuckle. Wani finds the opening to jam Sylverhawk’s arm and hand across the top rope. With one leg, Wani climbs to the top turnbuckle. He misses a double stomp and Sylverhawk immediately stomps on Wani’s leg. Sylverhawk comes off the top with a splash for the pin and the Cup at 7:37! This was excellent. Wani’s relentless work of the hand had the match in his favor until one miscalculation allowed Sylverhawk to turn things around, thanks in part to his speed advantage. The switching of the Young Lions Cup so frequently is an interesting story, and I wonder if there’s an endgame to it. This match will be considered a hidden gem by year’s end, and this was a fine way to cap off the best Hour of Power to date. ***¼

Razerhawk and Nytehawk come out to celebrate the win with his partner.

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